UOG 2015 Key Speakers and Panelists:

Dr. Yuval Steinitz was born in Israel in 1958. He completed his IDF service in the Golani Brigade and served as a reservist in the Alexandroni Brigade. He holds a B.A. and M.A. (with honors) in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University. He received the Alon Prize for Ph.D. Students in 1993. He is married and the father of three children. Steinitz was a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Haifa University. He served as President of the Association for the Public's Right to Know (1999-2004). A Member of Knesset since 1999, Steinitz has served as member and chairman of the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, and as member of the Constitution, Law and Justice, and the Science and Technology Committees. He chaired the Committee for the Examination of the Intelligence Services Following the War in Iraq as well as the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee for the Events that Took Place in Amona. Since 2003 he has co-chaired the Joint Congress-Knesset Security Committee, together with Senator John Kyl (Arizona). Yuval Steinitz was appointed Minister of Finance in March 2009, serving until March 2013, when he was appointed Minister of Strategic and Intelligence Affairs responsible for International Relations. In May 2015 he was appointed Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water, and has the responsibility of developing Israel’s oil & gas industry.

Isaac Yanovich

Mr. Yanovich is an independent consultant and member of several Board of Directors. He served as President of ECOPETROL, the biggest oil company in Colombia and the second biggest in South America, from 2002-2006. Mr. Yanovich is a Founding Partner of Banca de Inversión Betainvest S.A., served as President of INVESA S.A. from 1987 to 1997, President of Lloreda Grasas S.A. from 1981 to 1996 and Executive Vice-president of Tecnoquimicas S.A from 1966 to 1981. Currently he serves as Member of the Board of Directors of CTEEP Companhia de Transmissao de Energia Eletrica Paulista, Carvajal Internacional S.A., AviancaTaca Holding SA, Tecnoquimicas and Inversiones Mundial.

In the past he has been member of the boards of Interbanco, Internaciones SA, and Banco Popular, Banca de Inversión Betainvest S.A., Universidad ICESI, Banco Agrario, Women’s World Banking – Colombia, , ISA, Isagen, Industria de Licores del Valle, Coldesivos and Corporación Financiera del Valle amongst others. He graduated in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de Los Andes and the University of Pittsburgh and obtained a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tim Crome
Tim Crome has 35 years of experience in the offshore pipeline industry. He joined Technip in 1997 in Norway and is now the Vice President for Subsea in the Mediterranean Region. Until the end of 2014 he was Director for Sales and Business Development for the Technip operation in Norway. He was previously Engineering Manager for the Oslo office from 2001 until 2007, during which time he was also the representative for Technip on the DNV Pipeline Committee. He is on the conference committees for the annual Offshore Pipeline Technology Conference, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the Underwater Technology Conference held in Bergen, Norway. Tim graduated with an honours degree in Civil Engineering from Imperial Collage, London, in 1980 and immediately started working with pipeline design as one of the first graduate engineers employed by JPKenny. In 1984 he was seconded to Oslo to work for Norsk Hydro on the Oseberg project and has been in Norway ever since! Tim has lived in the Oslo region, working on subsea and pipeline related projects for Det Norske Veritas, Norsk Hydro and Offshore Design, prior to joining Technip.
Mark Guest(1)
John joined Aker Solutions in January, 2013, as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Technical Sales and Marketing for the North America Region. Prior to Aker Solutions, John held two positions at the same time with Willbros, those being SVP International Operations , as well as SVP Upstream Strategy, Sales and Marketing, the later added to his role as Willbros’ strategy shifted to North America and operations expanded into all the US shale oil and gas areas including the Eagle Ford, Marcellus and Bakken. Prior to Willbros John was with Global Industries for two years as the Business Unit Vice President of Middle East and North Africa/Mediterranean Region and later as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer worldwide included management of the company’s entrance into the deepwater market and construction oversight of two state-of-the art deepwater derrick/pipe lay vessels and worldwide Business Development. He was a member of the Executive Team. John’s experience also included six years as Vice President for Technip from 2002 to 2008 where he was responsible for acquiring and sponsoring deep water and downstream projects, as well as enhancing the company’s strategic client relationships worldwide. John’s 37 years of oil and gas experience began in 1978 with Brown & Root Marine, later known as Halliburton Brown & Root and  then KBR, serving over 25 years on a variety of large offshore projects,  including engineering, manufacturing, fabrication, installation and hook-up & commissioning operations. He was promoted to executive level positions in corporate business development the last four years as Commercial Vice President covering strategic client account management of all key clients contracting across Halliburton Energy Services, Landmark Graphics and KBR upstream business units. John was born and raised near Ocean City, New Jersey, graduated with a B.Sc in Civil Engineering from WVU-Institute of Technology in 1978,  is married with two sons and two grand-daughters, and enjoys every type of hunting and fishing, shooting sporting clays and playing golf.
Mark Guest

Mark Guest is currently the Managing Director and Strategic Development Director of Rigzone magazine. Rigzone.com is “Your Gateway to the Oil and Gas Industry” providing you with industry news and information, the Online Oil & Gas Directory, careers, a classifieds marketplace, and more. Rigzone’s vibrant, quickly growing audience and member base spans the upstream oil and gas industry from major corporate executives to influential independents. Rigzone is the most-used industry website worldwide, garnering more than 80% of the upstream industry’s online traffic, in comparison with the top five oil and gas websites. Rigzone.com has 1,267,000 unique visitors per month, offering the best advertising platform in the oil and gas industry.

Harold Vinegar

Dr. Vinegar was previously Chief Scientist, Physics of Royal Dutch Shell. He is presently the Chief Scientist of Israel Energy Initiatives (IEI), Afek Israel Oil & Gas and Genie Oil & Gas. He holds MA and PHD degrees in physics from Harvard University and a BA in physics from Columbia. Harold joined Shell's Bellaire Research Centre in Houston, Texas in 1976. During his career at Shell, he had over 50 publications and 290 patents in the fields of shaly sand evaluation, X-ray CT, NMR well logging, microseismic imaging and wireless power and communications for intelligent oil wells.

He was co-inventor of the in situ thermal desorption process for soil remediation and was instrumental in the formation of TerraTherm Environmental Services, an affiliate of Shell Oil Co. created to commercialise the in situ thermal desorption process. Dr. Vinegar has had a career interest spanning over 35 years in applying novel recovery processes to unconventional resources. He is the co-inventor of the in situ conversion and upgrading processes (ICP and IUP) which have been piloted successfully in Colorado oil shale and Alberta oil sands. Harold served as President and VP Technology of the Society of Core Analysts (SCA). He received the Society of Petrophysicists (SPWLA) Distinguished Technical Achievement Award in 1992 and the Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2010.

He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 1999, cited " for contributions to the science and technology of oil exploration and environmental remediation, particularly thermal methods for extracting hydrocarbons from the ground and for applications of NMR methods to well logging." He was inducted into the US national Academy of Engineering (NAE) in 2003 and served on the US National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Earth Resources.

Since retiring from Shell in October, 2008, Harold and his family fulfilled a lifelong dream and emigrated to Israel. He is Professor of Petroleum Geosciences at Ben Gurion University of the Negev where his research centres on making Israeli energy independent.

Miki Gardosh

Dr. Michael Gardosh is the Head of Geology and Geophysics Department in the Natural Resources Administration of the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources. He holds BA and MA degrees in Geology from Hebrew University and PHD degree in Geophysics from Tel Aviv University. Michael started his career in Oil and Gas in the Israel National Oil Company (INOC); where he was trained and then involved in various exploration and drilling projects in the Dead Sea Basin and other parts of Israel, since 1989. He later moved to the Geophysical Institute of Israel (GII) and worked as a research scientist, focusing on seismic interpretation and basin studies. During his career in the GII he studied extensively the Eastern Mediterranean region and his work on the geology of the Levantin Basin is considered a milestone in the development of hydrocarbon resources offshore Israel.

Dr. Gardosh joined the Ministry of Energy in 2010. He created the G&G Department and developed its capacity to review and regulate exploration activity and to evaluate hydrocarbon resources. At present Dr. Gardosh is leading long-term projects to promote exploration activity offshore and onshore and to construct National Data Repository for Oil and Gas in Israel. Michael is a member of the Israeli Geological Society and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He published many articles and professional reports, and continues working with students and teaching courses in Petroleum Geology and Seismic Interpretation in Tel Aviv University.

Uri Aldubi

Founder and Partner of Halman-Aldubi Energy and a Director at Israel Opportunity Oil & Gas Exploration Ltd. Uri is the Chairman of the Halman-Aldubi Investment Group - one of the top ten privately owned financial institutions in Israel.

The Company was established in December 1995 and specializes in provision of mid and long term saving products and business services through provident funds, pension funds, investment management for mutual funds and portfolio management products. The Group manages and operates over $4.5 Billion AUM with approximately 350,000 accounts. Mr. Aldubi holds an MBA in Finance, and a BA in Management and Economics from Tel Aviv University.

With years of investments experience in the oil and gas industry, Uri is the Chairman of the Association of Oil and Gas Exploration Industries in Israel. Established in 2010, the Association is comprised of the leading companies active in the Israeli oil and gas industry, specializing in the exploration and production of oil and gas.

Mehmet Ogutcu

Mehmet has more than 30 years of successful track-record in development, investment, government, diplomacy, international organisations, and energy business.

Currently based in London, Mehmet serves as chairman of Global Resources Partnership, an independent non-executive director on the boards of Genel Energy plc and Yasar Group of Companies, and a special envoy for The Energy Charter in Brussels for MENA and Eurasia regions. He also leads the recently created Bosphorus Energy Club, an exclusive gathering of the senior executives and leaders in finance, energy and politics across Turkey, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa.

He provides strategic advice to several major natural resources and finance corporations on business growth, investment deals, fund-raising, strategic stakeholder alignment, and risk mitigation.

In his early career, Mehmet worked as deputy inspector on the board of Is Bankasi, Turkey’s largest private bank, and undertook projects as NATO Research Fellow and EU’s Jean Monnet Fellow. He was a prominent diplomat, having worked on critical “economic diplomacy” dossiers in Ankara, Beijing, Brussels and Paris, and later as an advisor to the late Turkish Prime Minister, Turgut Ozal.

After leaving the foreign services in 1994, Mehmet joined as a senior staffer at the International Energy Agency heading Eurasia, Asia-Pacific and Latin America programme and the OECD in Paris as principal administrator managing international investment outreach over 11 years.

Mehmet was for six years (2005-2011) the global director for BG Group Plc. in the UK, managing high-level government engagements and new business development around the world. He also worked as the chairman of the International Advisory Board of Invensys plc until 2014.

He was most recently nominated by the Turkish government for the secretary-general position of the world’s largest energy organisation, International Energy Forum, based in Riyadh, and became one of the top two contenders. Mehmet is a graduate of Turkey’s “Mulkiye”, a symbol of the Republican meritocracy, similar to the French École nationale d’administration, London School of Economics (MSc) and College d’Europe (MA), Bruges.

He is an occasional lecturer at London School of Economics’ Enterprise Executive Programme, Harvard University, Dundee University, University of Reading and Peking University’s School of Government since 2005.

As part of The London Speakers Bureau he often speaks at key international and regional conferences around the world and writes in newspapers on future trends, development, investment/finance, energy/food/water nexus and geopolitical matters.

Mehmet is fluent in Turkish, English, French and Chinese (conversational).

Shlomo Alfia is a Senior Partner at EY Israel. He has 22 years of experience in providing audit, taxation and consulting services to Oil & Gas companies operating in Israel and abroad and assists them in creating their business models in Israel.

He has also accumulated vast experience in the energy field and has provided services to leading companies including: Avner Oil & Gas Exploration, Delek Drilling, Noble Energy, Woodside, Delek Energy Systems, Yam-Tatis Project, Tamar Project, Leviathan Project, ATP, Isramco Negev 2 LP, Modiin Energy LP, AGR, Lapidot, Israel Opportunity and others.

Shlomo is a graduate in Accounting & Economics and holds a BA Cum Laude in Social Sciences from The Open University. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1991.


Stephanie has been a research geologist focused on national and global assessment of petroleum resources since joining the USGS in 2006. She has worked on resource assessments of the Williston and Anadarko basins, and was the task leader for the assessment of the continuous oil resources of the Bakken and Three Forks Formation in 2013. She is currently the lead on the assessment of continuous resources in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, U.S.A.

Prior to joining the USGS, she worked for Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company. Stephanie received a B.A. degree from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and M.S. degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. Her research interests focus on carbonate diagenesis its impact on reservoir quality.

Many more Speakers to be announced shortly.

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Why Attend UOG 2015?

fancybox_overlay  Learn about the E&P opportunities and challenges for operators, service companies and contractors offshore and onshore in Israel

fancybox_overlay  Network with licensee holders, government officials, international experts and senior executives in the oil and gas industry

fancybox_overlay  Understand the upstream and midstream state of operations and future potential

fancybox_overlay  Hear from industry professionals about doing business in Israel and maximizing your investments

fancybox_overlay  Make sure you attend one of the most important and groundbreaking oil and gas events in the region and learn how your business can profit from becoming part of Israel’s exciting energy industry.

Participants and attendees at last year’s groundbreaking conference included Noble Energy, Delek Drilling, Avner Oil Exploration, BP, GE Oil & Gas, Israel Ministry of Energy, Israel Ministry of Economy, Edison, Wood Group, IHS, Baker Hughes and many more.

UOG 2014 in numbers

250+ delegates
120+ participating companies
36% Executive Management Level or above
26 countries represented
11+ hours dedicated networking time
35 speakers
1 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Tel Aviv Section Induction Ceremony


“Israel has achieved almost a revolution in the energy sector, and now Israel is on the way to becoming one of the main natural gas producers. At the conference someone said Israel used to be acountry of Milk and Honey; now it’s becoming an oil and gas country as well.”
Chairman, Independent Oil & Gas Company

“This conference has been a fantastic experience for me. I have confirmed a lot of the research about Israel here and it has brought light onto a lot of the data and context in oil and gas.”
CFO, Major Oil & Gas Company